• Steers head coach Kenny Davidson addresses his team before practice Monday. With their new stadium and field, the Steers’ first official practice of the season featured a lot of energy. Davidson hopes that energy will continue throughout the week.

Davidson wants to preserve high energy of first practice

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It isn’t hard to motivate players on the first day of practice.
The end of the summer means the allure of Friday night football is near.
For Steers head coach Kenny Davidson, keeping practices energetic throughout the week, after the excitement of the first day, is key.
“We had a good first day,” Davidson said. “It was positive. We tried to challenge them to keep up the energy throughout the week.
“It’s just a challenge to keep the energy up. With the new stadium and the new turf, it was awesome today. Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday need to be more of the same.”
For Davidson, Monday was a continuation of what the program has been doing since after the Christmas break.
“It’s a mindset that you can’t just show up for two-a-days and feel like that’s where the season begins,” he explained. “We have a scrimmage a week from Friday. When you put it in those terms, you realize how important it is to prepare early by having guys do work on their own.”
The Steers won’t practice in pads until Friday, so until then they will focus on the mental aspects of the game, which include installation of the run game and teaching alignments and formations.

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